Oscar news: ‘Interstellar’ vs. ‘Big Hero 6’ box office battle, Governors Awards gossip

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As Ariana Bacle observes: “Audiences were slightly more interested in visiting Disney’s San Fransokyo than Christopher Nolan’s outer space this weekend, as “Big Hero 6” ($56.2 million) nabbed the No. 1 spot over “Interstellar” ($50 million). “Interstellar” made its IMAX debut Nov. 5 ahead of its wide release on Nov. 7. In those first two days, the film took in $2.2 million and set the pace on Friday evening with $17 million to “Big Hero 6″‘s $15.8 million. But “Big Hero 6″ benefited from families heading to the theater on Saturday–and from those who aren’t parents heading to the theater throughout the weekend.” EW

And Tom Brueggemann has this box office news: “The Theory of Everything” (Focus) gave the uneven fall specialized season a needed shot in the arm with a very good start in three cities. Its $41,000 per-screen-average makes it the second best of the fall after “Birdman” and should give the film traction for its wider expansion and awards consideration. TOH

Steve Pond delivers this revealing report on the Governors Awards: “As the crowd thinned out at the end of the night, the night’s highlights differed depending on the viewer. For Jessica Chastain, a redhead of more recent vintage, it was meeting Maureen O’Hara, something she said she did as soon as she arrived at the event. For “Get On Up” star Chadwick Boseman, it was “the last speech of the night” – i.e., the one delivered by Harry Belafonte.” And, as he concludes, “Sure, you can quibble with the decision to end O’Hara’s speech, or worry that the event has lost some of the loose, informal feel it had in early years, or fret that the campaign-stop side of the event is becoming a bigger and bigger priority. But it’s a night of celebrating great work, and a night when nobody has to watch an envelope being opened to learn that they’ve just lost.” The Wrap

Oscar experts: ‘Boyhood’ will win 5, ‘Interstellar’ 4, ‘Birdman’ 2

Sasha Stone concludes that four of the five Best Actor nominations are sewn up and contemplates who will get the final slot, “which has a lot of potential contenders as the Oscars are about nothing if they’re not about meditating on, celebration of the male protagonist or male antagonist.” Awards Daily 

Pete Hammond reports: On Tuesday night, instead of just the previously announced 30 minutes of advance footage and a Q&A, the “hot off the presses” complete two hour-plus feature of “Selma”  will be unveiled beginning at 6PM at the Egyptian Theatre followed by the previously announced Q&A between Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo. Deadline

Kris Tapley writes: “Birdman” stars Michael Keaton and Edward Norton popped into the Egyptian Theatre Saturday morning for a conversation on acting in tandem with the on-going AFI Fest. It was an enlightening and at times heady discussion on the particulars of being an actor in show business and of course the unique opportunity of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s latest film. In Contention

Oscars flashback: How smart or stupid were Experts at this point last year? 

Emmy champ Jeff Daniels (“The Newsroom“) reflected on being snubbed three decades ago in the Supporting Actor category at the Oscars for “Terms of Endearment” in favor of John Lithgow: “It’s OK. It really is OK. One, John deserved it; two, as a friend of mine said when the nominations came out, even the guy who combed your hair got nominated, At 28, to be in that movie, with all of those people, and then to be the one who had to stay home and watch the Oscars on television.” MediaBistro 

Scott Feinberg notes that “Boyhood” has submitted three tunes to the music branch for Best Song consideration: “Split the Difference” (written by Ethan Hawke, performed by Hawke and Charlie Sexton); “Ryan’s Song” (written by Hawke, performed by Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater and Jennifer Tooley); and “Summer Noon” (written by Jeff Tweedy, performed by Tweedy). THR

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